The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog
Photography by Dead Rabbit
Words by Simon Difford on 10-May-2016
30 Water Street, (near Broad St), New York, NY, 10004, United States
Tel: +1 646 422 7906
Website: View bar's website
Style: Saloon bar
Recommended for: Beer, Cocktails, Food, Spirits
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu
One of the most praised and awarded bars in the world, The Dead Rabbit is headed up Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, the duo who rose to prominence a Belfast's Merchant Hotel Bar. Both settled New Yorkers, their bar's identity is inspired by another Irish immigrant, John Morrissey, a bare-knuckle fighter who led the Dead Rabbit gang in the mid-1800s in this area of New York. Their latest menu (vol.4) transports Morrissey, incarnated as the Rabbit "to the decaying New York City of the 1970s in all of its lawless grittiness."
Set in a four story early 19th century redbrick building with exposed beams and vintage prints adorning the walls. The ground-floor Taproom offers craft beers (including excellent house cask conditioned ale), bottled punch and a large whiskey selection.
Upstairs, The Parlor focuses on cocktails presented in an illustrated and highly collectible menu come book that Jack regularly updates. The cocktails become more intense as you progress through the pages of the menu. Hearing this you won't be surprised to hear that I started on the back page.
Sustenance is offered as a daily lunch in The Taproom and small plates in The Parlor. The Taproom is a great spot for Sunday lunch if in the area.
There's an O.C.D.-like attention to detail at The Dead Rabbit and if in NYC then this bar is a must visit. Start with a pint and an Irish whiskey from the impressive range in the Tap Room and be sure to grab a buzzer on your way in as this gives notice of your allotted slot in the legendary Parlor above. Allow at least three hours to experience The Dead Rabbit and be sure to sample the excellent food as well as the cocktails offered in The Parlor.